Abstract: This essay explores how, in the middle decades of the twentieth century, leaders and laypeople in the Brethren in Christ Church constructed, adopted, and deployed an evangelical identity.
In June 1933, scores of men, women, and children descended upon Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, for the yearly General Conference of the Brethren in Christ Church in North America.
This 1933 image contrasts sharply with another photograph of the Brethren in Christ community, taken some fifty years later at the church's 1984 General Conference (Figure 2).
These photographs may suggest that the Brethren in Christ followed a simple path of cultural accommodation in the twentieth century, purging their ethnic conventions in order to assimilate into North American society.
(7) Yet the Brethren in Christ represent one group that strategically--and sometimes paradoxically--fashioned and employed evangelicalism in this way.
The Brethren in Christ represent one small Protestant community in the diverse religious landscape of contemporary North America.
Along with nonresistance, the Brethren in Christ also embraced a doctrine of nonconformity, a theological and social-structural arrangement intended to distinguish members from their North American neighbors through alternative patterns of dress, speech, consumption, and recreation.
(ENI)--Undeterred by reports of political violence, more than 6,500 members of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches from around the world assembled in mid-August for the 14th Mennonite World Assembly Gathered.
The Mennonite World Conference represents 87 Mennonite and Brethren in Christ national churches from 48 countries on five continents.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, to Clarence and Ethel Boyer, Paul Boyer grew up in the Brethren in Christ Church.
Throughout his scholarly career Boyer never forgot his Brethren in Christ roots and quietly affirmed and supported the efforts of many Anabaptist and Brethren in Christ scholars.
Boyer wrote endorsements and introductions to numerous publications related to Brethren in Christ/Anabaptist studies as well as articles in Brethren in Christ History and Life.